Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigns from Congress

This had been expected for weeks - even before the election that Jackson won handily despite not campaigning a single day. His district is among the most Democratic in the country, giving Barack Obama 82% of the vote. Jackson has been in and out of the Mayo Clinic since June suffering from complications related to his bi-polar disorder. The Feds are nearing an indictment for his misuse of campaign funds, and the House ethics committee is still looking into his pay for play gambit in offering to raise funds for disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich in exchange for being appointed to President Obama's former senate seat. Suffice it to say, Jackson was toast. And his reported plea deal with the Feds includes his resignation from Congress. The Hill: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) submitted a letter announcing his resignation from Congress to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday, according to a Boehner aide. "For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy, and...(Read Full Post)